GOP lawmakers push to reopen, Ohio’s budget, and Trump’s task force

BY: - April 14, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Pressure to reopen.’s Andrew J. Tobias is reporting, “Gov. Mike DeWine facing increasing pressure from […]

Ohio bars, restaurants, breweries can now sell booze to go

BY: - April 7, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that bars, restaurants and breweries with an existing permit can now sell alcohol to go with carryout or delivery orders. In a release, DeWine said the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including […]

House reps continue food bank fundraiser among coronavirus

BY: - April 1, 2020

The Ohio House is hoping to support the hungry during the coronavirus crisis with a virtual campaign and competition. Between Wednesday and June 12, representatives are encouraged to donate to the 2020 Operation Feed Campaign through the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, according to a memo sent by Speaker Larry Householder’s office. “For every dollar donated to […]

Ohio Supreme Court dismisses election lawsuit

BY: - March 31, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s decision to postpone the March primary elections.  Given the General Assembly passed a bill last week revoking LaRose’s order and establishing a mail-in election with an April 28 deadline, the court deemed the matter moot.  The state Democratic Party originally filed […]

Householder announces recovery task force; others propose ideas to mitigate economic hardships

BY: - March 26, 2020

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder announced Thursday he will create a bipartisan task force to prepare for Ohio to return to work. “We don’t know yet when the COVID-19 situation will improve to the point that Ohio businesses can reopen and people can get back to work, but we need to prepare now for the […]

Bills to prevent utility shutoffs, evictions and foreclosures introduced in Ohio House

BY: - March 23, 2020

Two separate bills have been introduced in the Ohio House to address economic hardships stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including one to prevent evictions and foreclosures and the other to prevent utility shutoffs. On Sunday, state Reps. David Leland, D-Columbus, and Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, introduced a bipartisan bill to put a stop to evictions and […]

Ohio Attorney General says courts may suspend jury trials during pandemic

BY: - March 18, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a formal opinion Wednesday that courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and that they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations, a press release announced. “Only the trial court can continue a case,” Yost said. “This opinion is a […]

New poll finds Biden well ahead of Sanders in Ohio

BY: - March 16, 2020

Joe Biden has the wide support of Ohio Democratic voters over Bernie Sanders, a poll released a day before the primary election finds. Both candidates have narrow leads over Trump in theoretical match-ups, a broader survey of Ohio voters shows. An NBC News/Marist poll of “likely voters” in Ohio, conducted March 10-13, shows Biden with […]

COVID-19 puts final stretch campaigning at a standstill

BY: - March 13, 2020

There will be little to no gladhanding in the days leading up to the March 17 primary election. Political parties and candidates themselves are taking special precautions in Ohio as COVID-19 has forced much of society to a halt this week. Gone are the usual grassroots efforts in the final stretch of campaign season.  Jane […]

With Ohio schools closing, foodbanks association calls for help to address hunger

BY: - March 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for several weeks. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is calling for federal, state, and public help for low-income families with children who will miss school lunches and parents who will lose […]

House Dems ask DeWine to create temporary paid sick leave due to coronavirus

BY: - March 9, 2020

House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine Monday urging him to consider creating a temporary paid sick leave program to lessen the impact a coronavirus outbreak would have on the state. “We appreciate that the Ohio Department of Health is asking employers to be flexible with their sick leave policies and allowing […]

History Thursday, energy efficiency, illicit drug trends, and water bill tax liens

BY: - March 5, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: History Thursday. Today the OCJ’s Tyler Buchanan took a look back at 100 years of […]